Ever seen any of these marks anywhere? What came to mind?
Copyright relates to literary and artistic creations, such as books, music, paintings and sculptures, films/movies and technology-based works (such as computer programs and electronic databases). Sometimes, copyright is also referred to as authors’ rights
The expression copyright which is usually expressed by the symbol ©refers to the act of copying an original work which, in respect of literary and artistic creations, may be done only by the author or with the author’s permission.
The expression authors’ rights refer to the creator of an artistic work, its author, thus underlining that, as recognized in most laws, authors have certain specific rights in their creations that only they can exercise, which are often referred to as moral rights, such as the right to prevent distorted reproductions of the work. Other rights, such as the right to make copies, can be exercised by third parties with the author’s permission, for example, by a publisher who obtains a license to this effect from the author.
What does that mean in our everyday life?
It means that we cannot use works of creators without their authorization, whether we actually know these creators or not. It’s our duty to find out who they are and seek their authorization. It also means that no one should be allowed to use any thing we create without our authorization and we can sue them if they do so.
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What can be protected by copyright?
Computer Programs ,software and Apps
What else?? Copyright also protects works that are derived from copyright called “Derivative Works “Examples
A motion picture based on a play or novel
NOTE THAT: In order to create derivative works you must seek the authorization of the original author for example you can’t make a novel into a film without the authorization of the author.
Don’t be caught on the wrong side of the law. Copyright infringement is a crime and it can bring the IP Police to your house
Where Do you Register your Copyright in Uganda?
Uganda Registration Services Bureau
Georgian House, Plot 5 George street or any of our branches at Posta Uganda, Kampala Road, Nakivubo mews at Sekaziga House, UIA at Twed Plaza Lumumba Avenue or at our regional offices in Gulu, Mbale, Arua and Mbarara
Call the toll free; 0800 100 006
The process of registration is simple and any one can do it without assistance from a 3rd party. Please seek assistance from URSB staff wearing Identification and all their assistance is FREE
How much do you pay for copyright right registration
|1||Application for registration of copyright or neighbouring rights||50,000/=|
|2||Application for registration of assignment, transfer or license||50,000/=|
|3||Application for registration of a license||200,000/=|
Application Procedure and Requirements
1. Fill the copyright Application form(Link) and deliver it to the URSB Intellectual Property Directorate.
2. URSB will then assess you for payment in a bank of your choice.
3. After payment, attach the receipt to your application and file it with URSB.
4. Your application will be examined and if your work qualifies for copyright protection You will be given a publication notice to deliver to Uganda Printing and Publishing Company for publication. (Publication is for 60 days and it aims at notifying the general public of your application).
5. If 60 days elapse with no one opposing your registration, you deliver a copy of the gazette where your work appears and you will be given a copyright registration certificate signed and sealed by the registrar of copyright.
What do you gain if you register your copyright?
What won’t be protected by Copyright?
NOTE THAT: Although these may not be protected by copyright generally speaking but copyright may apply if the way these things are expressed is original so please seek advice from URSB.
Example; H.E. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni owns copyright in “Another rap based on a common Runyankore-Rukiga rhyme because his expression of the rhyme into a rap is original.
Digital era is here. What can Ugandan creators do to protect their work especially on line?
(1) The title and other information identifying the work, including the information set forth on a notice of copyright.
(2) The name of, and other identifying information about, the author of a work or
(3) The name of, and other identifying information about, the copyright owner of the work, including the information set forth in a notice of copyright.
Applicable Laws (attached)